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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, FEBRUARY 1, 2013 Professor to talk on 'The Cuban-Jewish diaspora Congregation Ohev Shalom Men's Club, Sisterhood and Seniors will be hosting a pre- sentation by professor Marcos Kerbel, "The Cuban-Jewish diaspora," at 11 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Ohev Shalom ballroom. Kerbel is a Jewish Cuban- American who came to the United States alone as a young man in 1961 as part of the Pe- dro Pan program that brought more than 14,000 Cuban youngsters to the United States to escape the Castro regime. Of those 14,000, 396 were Jewish youngsters. Kerbel is an adjunct pro- fessor of finance at Florida International University in Miami and has also taught at Miami-Dade College and Barry University. Kerbel is a recipient of numerous awards, among them "The Excellence In Teaching Award" from FIU JCC adult enric]lment classes conti00aue The Roth Jewish Commu- nity Center of Greater Orlando is introducing several new programs and classes begin- ning Feb. 11 at its Maitland location. The weelly schedule begins with ballroom dance lessons at 6 p.m. Mondays. KidZone babysitting will be available with advanced registration. Jason and Helen Frost of Lake Mary Dance Studio teach individuals and have been teaching at the JCC since the first class in April 2012. This coming session promises to introduce new steps incor- porated with the previously learned steps. At 11 a.m. Tuesday morn- ings, the JCC will offer Begin- ners' Mah Jongg with maj maven Meril Salzburg. Within a short time you will know the basi rules and strategy needed to master this fun and excitinggame. At 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Salzburgwill repeat the class for those interested in an evening program. Tuesdays will also feature "Beginning Jewish Geneal- ogy," a four-week workshop co-presented with the Jew- ish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando. This class will cover all the essentials of getting started on Jewish family history research. Each weekwill include a 90-minute lecture, a small homework assignment and a set of handouts. The class will be offered during the morning and repeated in the evening. The Wellness Matters Se- ries continues on the second Wednesday of each month. Lauren Brown of Brown's Deli will present "Passover Prepping and Cooking" at 6:30 p.m. March 13. To end a busy week of adult enrichment classes, the JCC will be offering Adult Wa- tercolor Painting at 10 a.m. Thursdays. Marilyn Schwartz taught this fascinating class in the fall 2012 session and guarantees more beautiful results this time as well. The new adult enrichment schedule has embraced a diverse -array of classes and times to suit most people. These classes are just $10, and free to JCC members. If you would like to try any of the JCC's classes or are interested in teaching a class or demo at the JCC, contact Emily Newman at EmilyN@ or at 407-645- 5933, ext. 244. PAGE 3A in 2003 and 2007. became law, among them the Jamie Shujman, another Jew- Kerbel has a BBA in ac- anti-money-laundering bill of ish Cuban exile and longtime counting and a master's in Florida that year. memberofOhevShaiom, who International business from A strong Jewish identity led escaped from Cuba in 1962, Georgia State University. He Kerbel to serve'as president of and Justo Martinez, a local is a founder and past president Temple BethShmuel--Cuban resident who was among the of the Florida International Hebrew Congregation in Mi- Catholic youth who were sent Bankers Association and has ami Beach in 1991, 2008 and out of Cubaas part of the Peter chaired many of its commit- 2009. From1978-2000,hewas Pan program. tees. In 1989 Florida Gover- senior vice president of Israel The communitywide pre- nor Bob Martinez appointed Discount Bank Limited in Mi- sentation will be followed by Kerbel to the International ami--the first international a brunch. Admission is $3. BankinglYadeStudyCommis- license recipient in the state RSVP to Meryl Boweski by sion, which was responsible of Florida. email: Office@Ohevshalom. for drafting several bills that Other presenters will be org or phone: 407-298-4650. Bereavement and healing through a Jewish lens Everyone grieves in their own way. Members of the Jewish community have the opportunity to explore bereavement and healing through a Jewish lens thanks to a partnership between The Jewish Pavilion, VITAS Hospice and Chambrel, an independent and assisted living community. There will be a series of six workshops. The first one will be on Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at Chambrel. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Wendy Levine at 407- 678-9363 or wendylevine@ Rabbi Morris Kaprow who is leading the grief support group, Author returns to talk about her newest novel Author Ellen Brazer is returning to Orlando to dis- cuss her newest literary of- fering at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at Congregation Ohev Shalom announces the Or- lando Chapter of Hadassah. Brazer's latest novel Ls "And So It Was Written." The community will have an opportunity to meet the author at Lunch With Ellen Brazer. Reservations are re- quired. Couvert is $10. RSVP to Bunny Rosen at 407-331- 8367 or email to Nancyg@ Meticulously researched and controversial in scope and imagination, "And So It Was Written" travels to a time when a Third Temple is built and the Ark of the Covenant holding the Ten Commandments is found. The year is 132 CE, and the proclaimed Jewish Messiah, Bar Kokhba, has defeated the Roman army and rules Judea. As the Romans pre- pare to reclaim Israel, the book follows two sets of brothers--one Roman and one Jewish--whose friend- ships, hatreds and lives intertwine. For characters you will dream about, "And So It Was Written" is the ultimate treat. You will smelF the spices in the markets; see the blood on the battlefields, rage with the injustice of brother against brother. From triumph to defeat, this is a saga of courage, conquest, familial loyalty, honor and love--showing man at his best and his worst. A wr.iter of historical fic- tion, Brazer's first novel, "Hearts of Fire" won her Ha- 'Reverse t, en00,00tdogy: Finding the Living' Megan Smolenyak ing 20th and 21st century friends and relatives from the past to the present. Megan Smolenyak is a real life hfstory detective who loves to solve myster- ies. You might have spotted Smolenyak or her handiwork on Top Chef, Who Do You Think You Are?, Finding Your Roots, Faces of America, Good Morning America, the Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, PBS and NPR. She is the author of six books, including Hey, America, Your Roots Are Showing and Who Do You Think You Join the Jewish Genea- logical Society of Greater Orlando for a program fea- turing Megan Smolenyak's pre-recorded webinar, "Re- verse Genealogy: Finding the Living". Although genealogy is at its heart the study of long-deceased ancestors, connecting with living rela- tives has become almost as important to many family historians. Some seek liv- ing kin in an effort to track down family photos; others do i to find family history playmates, plan reunions or identify DNA project larticipants. Whatever the motivation, one of the most addicting aspects of geneal- ogy is the thrill of finding distant cousins, or in some cases, parents, children or siblings. But this "reverse genealogy" (working from the past to the present) has its own special challenges and requires the researcher to be part genealogist and part private investigator. This presentation covers proven techniques for trac- Are? (companion to the TV series) and conducts forensic research for the Army, coro- ners, NCIS and the FBI. If you have been bitten by the history or genealogical bug, please take a few minutes to explore her website http:// www.honoringourances- The date of the event is Sunday, Feb. 17. from 1 - 3 p.m. It will be held at Southwest Orlando Jew- ish Congregation Social Hall, 11200 South Apopka Vineland Road. Orlando. FL 32836. This admission, open to the public, $5 for non- members; free for members. The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando is a not for profit organization ded- icated to sharing genealogical information, techniques and research tools with anyone interested in Jewish genealogy and family history. Anyone may join JGSGO. Annual dues are $25 for an individual and $30 for a family. For more information visit our blog at dassah's prestigious Myrtle Wreath Award. By popu- lar demand, she recently brought "Hearts of Fire" back into print. She followed with her second novel, the highly regarded literary success, "Clouds Across the Sun." This book is currently in Amazon's top 10 list of Ho- locaust novels. As in he previous two nov- els, 'And So It Was Written" takes readers on a literary journey through time that seizes their attention and holds it firmly from start to finish. Brazer was born in up- state New York and raised in Naples, Fla. She moved to Miami as a young adult and attended the Univer- sity of Miami. She and her husband, Mel, have been married for 35 years and have a blended family of six adult children and 12 grandchildren. She and her husband currently reside in South Beach where she Ellen Brazer is active in the commqnity and particularly in Jewish affairs and organizations. 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